Big Cypress Tree State Park

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Big Cypress Tree State Park

Tennessee

(731) 235-2700

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Overview

Big Cypress Tree State Park is located within the 330-acre Big Cypress Tree Natural Area and offers visitors an opportunity to hike and picnic.Visitors will find a clean and peaceful park where they can relax and enjoy nature. Having a picnic in the picnic shelter is a popular activity. A variety of plant life ranging from native wild flowers to native trees may be seen here. Examples are showy evening primrose, black-eyed Susans, yellow poplar, bald cypress, and dogwood. Wildlife seen at Big Cypress includes bluebirds, doves, hawks, owls, deer, squirrels, butterflies, bats, and many others. The park is named for the national champion bald cypress tree that once lived on the park. The tree was the largest bald cypress in the U.S. and the largest tree of any species east of the Mississippi River. The tree's diameter was 13 feet and its circumference was 40 feet. The tree lived to be 1,350 years old before lightning struck and killed the tree in 1976. The lightning knocked the top out of the tree and the tree smoldered for two weeks. The tree is no longer standing at this time and cannot be seen from the two mile long bottomland trail that once led visitors to a place where the tree could be observed. The trail itself is now closed. The park is host for the annual Big Cypress Fall Festival that attracts large numbers of visitors who enjoy arts and crafts, birds of prey programs, and musical entertainment.

Map of Big Cypress Tree (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.199255, -88.889932

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Activities

  • Camping

    Camping is not allowed at this park with the exception of Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups who have special permission to camp, conduct scouting events, and do scout projects in the park.

  • Hiking

    The park has one 0.3-mile tree identification trail. This educational and informative trail has tree identification markers along its length. It is dry all year, easy to walk, and assessable. The trail starts in the picnic area, goes around the ball field, and ends back in the picnic area.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is a popular activity at Big Cypress Tree State Park. The park offers a peaceful, quiet setting with plenty of shade. Many area churches enjoy outings here along with family reunions and birthday parties. There is one large picnic shelter that can accommodate up to 35 people. The shelter is equipped with grills, water, and electricity and may be reserved up to one year in advance. One picnic shelter with five tables, two grills, electricity, water, and restrooms is available. No charge for use. May be reserved for large groups by calling the park office, otherwise it's first-come first-served. Six other picnic tables on concrete pads with grills are available.

Seasonality/Weather

In the fall, the area is can be warm or cool and tends to be dry. In the winter, the area is usually wet and can get very cold. In the spring, it is rainy and cool.

Directions

Driving

Big Cypress Tree State Natural Area is located in Northwest Tennessee in Weakley County seven miles from the town of Greenfield, and may be reached by following the signs beginning at the junction of Highway 45E and Hwy. 445, just north of Greenfield.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(731) 235-2700

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